Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR T4

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR T4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.64
 
 

2005 Toyota Corolla CE
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Miles driven on tires: 67,000
Location: South Orange, NJ
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 67,000 Miles on Tires
May 01, 2013

This is my first review on this tire and I Love them.67,000 miles on them and ready to change them for new ones.It has a treadwear warranty of 75,000 miles and i probably could get close but do not want to take a chance for just a few extra miles.The best tires I have ever owned Period on any car of mine or my wifes and I bought them on sale and never heard of Sumitomo tires before.I am going to buy the Sumitomo Touring tires because it is also a T rated tire with 85,000 miles on the treadwear 10,000 more than these were rated and this is a company that seems to tell the truth about treadwear because other tire brands lie and do not even get close.If you are looking for treadwear life as your number 1 reason for choosing a tire(like me)and a good sounding ride tire and good handling this is your tire.Its hard to believe that they are so inexpensive compared to Goodyear and Michelin(which are horrible and double the price)I live in New Jersey and we have all kinds of weather here and it handles great in snow.Do not let the low price fool you and buy the tires you will not be sorry.I will write a review on the Sumitomo Touring tires when i have some mileage on them.

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Super Sport

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9
 
 

2005 Honda S2000
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Miles driven on tires: 3,500
Location: Gainesville, FL
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 3,500 Miles on Tires
April 20, 2013

Have 215/45/17 Michelin Pilot Super Sports on front of my '05 Honda S2000 and 245/40/17 PSS on the rear with about 3,500 miles on tires since new. Ordinary highway driving yields low noise levels with firm, but not quite punishing, ride in what is a firm riding car.

Tires respond immediately to steering inputs and have very tight "on-center" feel. Wet performance (Florida thunderstorms) is very good and wet and dry braking are among best I've experienced in almost 60 years of driving. Kuhmhos that were on car when I bought it were more comfortable but absolutely not the tire for hard driving in comparison to Michelin PSSs.

Just drove the "Tail OF THE DRAGON" in North Carolina (318 curves in 11 miles!) for 3 days in company of over 100 Honda S2000s during annual meeting of S2000 group S2KI. Very spirited and competitive driving - 20++ MPH over posted speeds in corners posted at 10-20 MPH. PSSs exhibited phenomenal grip on damp surface 1st day and dry the remainder. Early braking for corners followed by strong acceleration produced sensations of rear tires grabbing pavement and powering car out of corner under heavy throttle, closing gap with car ahead. Eyeball-crossing "G" sensations with no howling or indications of being anywhere near limits of this tire at 40 in 20 MPH curves. 50 MPH in 20 MPH curves would produce plenty of warning through slight slip angles with excellent steering control feel and sensations of "hooking up again" part way through corner while applying strong acceleration.

Conclusions: 1)I'll never drive the S2000 as fast as this tire allows, 2) Pilot Super Sports deserve #1 ranking, and, 3) worth the premium price if you drive hard, want a tire with no nasty surprise traits during hard driving, and want better than average tire life (for max performance type tires) nonetheless.

 

Best Tires for Honda Odyssey

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Steve Huffman

Is it time to replace the tires on your Honda Odyssey? If so, consider the following all-season options for your minivan. My favorite tire for this vehicle continues to be the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring. This tire certainly lives up to its name. It's a premium Grand Touring All-Season tire that provides excellent ride qualities, including superior comfort and low tread noise. In addition to a great ride, the tire offers fantastic all-season traction and long treadwear with a 70,000- or 80,000-mile treadlife warranty depending on speed rating.

Another great option for the Odyssey is the Michelin Defender. Although it is only made in the 235/65R16 size for this van, it's still a very popular choice. The Defender is currently the top-ranked Standard Touring All-Season tire in our customer survey results. This tire also has superior all-season traction and comes with a 90,000-mile treadlife warranty. Designed to help enhance fuel efficiency, Defender tires meet Michelin's Green-X low rolling resistance objectives.

Finally, the Firestone Precision Touring is a good value priced option for Odyssey owners. This tire performed very well in our testing with good grades in wet traction and stable handling. Customers really enjoy the tire, as it sits is second place in its category, only behind the aforementioned Michelin Defender.


Goodyear Assurance
ComforTred Touring

Michelin
Defender

Firestone Precision
Touring


To view all tire options for your Honda Odyssey, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Grabber AT 2

Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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General Grabber AT 2 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.64
 
 

2001 Chevrolet Silverado 4wd X-Cab
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Miles driven on tires: 17,000
Location: Stowe, PA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 17,000 Miles on Tires
April 17, 2013

A good tire for the price, a little noisier than expected, but if I wanted a quiet tire I would have gone with michelins. Previously had pirelli scorpion atr's, they were the best tires I ever had on my truck, did everything far beyond my expectations, but the price jumped up $300 for the set so I started looking at other options. Decided to try these out, I liked the all terrain tread for the snow and driving on the beach. So far holding up well, probably get 35 to 40,000 out of them, not bad for the way I drive. A lot of tread squirm for the first 2-3,000 miles but settled in after that, had to slow down a lot for the on/off ramp almost felt like I was going to lose it, but never lost traction though. But, after 2-3000 miles the uneasiness went away and the back end didn't fell like it was going to pass me anymore. They definitely don't handle like the pirelli's they replaced, it helps to remind me I'm driving a full size truck and not a sports cars. I'm sure I added about 10,000 miles to the life of the tires because of it. Not necessarily a bad thing.

 

Best Tires for Fuel Economy

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Steve Huffman

With high fuel prices, everyone is looking for ways to save money at the pump. The tires on your car have an impact on your fuel economy. One easy way to reduce your rolling resistance is to always maintain proper air pressure in your tires. An underinflated tire takes more energy to roll - costing you money.

Today, many manufacturers have designed tires to help reduce rolling resistance and improve overall fuel economy. They have been able to accomplish this by making improvements to the rubber compound, tread design and sidewall construction. When many of these tires were introduced a few years ago, it was initially thought, by many, that they may suffer in their traction capabilities, especially in the wet. To their credit, the manufacturers have been able to overcome these concerns and have been able to produce some very capable tires.

Bridgestone Ecopia EP422
Bridgestone Ecopia
EP422
Continental ProContact with Ecoplus Technology
Continental ProContact with
EcoPlus Technology
Michelin Defender
Michelin
Defender


One of our best-selling low rolling resistance tire is the Bridgestone Ecopia EP422. This Grand Touring All-Season tire offers an excellent ride and good all-season traction. The Ecopia EP422 uses an all-season tread compound featuring Bridgestone's unique NanoPro-Tech (Nanostructure-Oriented Properties Control Technology) to reduce rolling resistance and energy loss while maintaining dry, wet and wintertime traction. This tire is offered with a 65,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Another great option is the Continental ProContact with EcoPlus Technology. You may be familiar with the ProContact model as it has been an Original Equipment tire on many vehicles. The EcoPlus Technology's all-season tread compound features Continental's Tg-F Polymers and +Silane additives to improve treadwear, fuel efficiency and traction on slippery roads. This tire is offered with an 80,000-mile treadlife warranty.

Michelin's Defender features Green X technology to provide a level of energy efficiency among the highest on the market for its category without compromising other key characteristics, such as traction and treadwear. The tire is offered with either a 90,000- or 80,000-mile treadlife warranty depending on the speed rating.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.45
 
 

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser Wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 56,000
Location: Vacaville, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 56,000 Miles on Tires
March 16, 2013

I have Optimo H727 on both my PT Cruiser and Explorer. I have 56,000 miles on the PT Cruiser Optimo tires and expect to get at least another 10,000 so I plan to get close to 70,000 on the tires. They are listed at 100,000 but I will not get there with these tires. They are great all season tires for the price. I had Michelin on my Explorer before but they were over $300 more than the Hankook Optimo tires. I am please with the tires and recommend them. Consumer Reports has the Optimo H727 rated as a "Best Buy".

 

Best Tires for Your Ford Focus ST

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by Steve Huffman

When Ford decided to bring the Focus ST to the United States, VW GTI and other hatchback owners finally had an American option. The Focus ST offers a lot of fun and performance at a very affordable price. At nearly 250 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque, the ST packs quite a punch. ST owners will be looking for ways to enhance the performance and capabilities of this turbocharged pocket rocket. As we know, tires are an easy way to accomplish this.

Right off the assembly line, the ST comes with a very nice tire. As far as an Original Equipment tire goes, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 was a smart choice by Ford. This is a Max Performance Summer tire that does a nice job transferring all that power straight to the pavement. Are there better tires out there? Yes, let's take a look.

If you want to keep a super sticky summer tire on the ST and improve upon the O.E. Goodyear, then go with either the Michelin Pilot Super Sport or Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. These tires rank first and second in the Max Performance Summer category. Both options receive high marks in almost every category, including cornering stability, steering response and ride comfort.

Maybe you're in a climate where you'll need or want an all-season tire. After all, if those Goodyears wore out too soon, moving to an all-season tire typically gives you more treadlife. If that sounds like something you'd prefer, I would suggest the Continental ExtremeContact DWS. This has been our top-rated Ultra High Performance All-Season tire for quite awhile.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super
Sport
Bridgestone Potenza S04 Pole Position
Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole
Position
Continental Extreme Contact DWS
Continental ExtremeContact
DWS


All these tires are available in the stock size, however if you want to go with a slightly more aggressive size, there's no problem stepping up to a 245/40R18. Shop by vehicle to find all tire options for your Ford Focus ST.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.2
 
 

2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 50
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 50 Miles on Tires
March 09, 2013

Simple review - Fantastic tyres really in every respect. Outperform the best Michelin Touring tires by a mile (no pun). Frankly, the best tyres I have ever purchased, and would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a higher end touring tyre, and whom doesn't want to pay the Continental price - you even get a better tyre than Continental with these Bridgestones. Bottom line, you get what you pay for, and irrespective of this rationale, you just get great value comparitively. I will never buy Michelin (or anything else for that matter) again after these.

Side note - Bridgestone in general; I purchased a set of Blizzaks a decade ago and they completely outperform ANY other snow tyre I've had before.

Just a great manufacturer.

PS, don't be fooled by 'Turanza with Serenity Technology' you have to get the 'Serenity Plus'.

 

Firestone Destination LE 2 or Michelin LTX M/S2?

Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Hunter Leffel

Michelin's LTX M/S2 had the lineage as the "best" Highway All-Season tire as it debuted and maintained the number one slot in our Tire Survey Results. That is until recently with the debut of the Firestone Destination LE 2. It has, at least for now, positioned itself as the new favorite of our customers.

A couple points of interest in relation to the ratings. At the time of this post, the Firestone has about 250,000 reported miles. The LTX M/S2 is closing in on eight million miles reported. This is noteworthy because as tires wear, they all lose certain capabilities, including wet and dry traction. Also, tread noise can increase with the tire's age. Even though the Firestone is currently ranked first, the Michelin is within one percentage point with many more miles reported.

Michelin LTX MS2
Michelin LTX M/S2
Firestone Destination LE2
Firestone Destination LE 2


What should you make of all this data? My feeling is that the Firestone is a very formidable competitor delivering appropriate levels of traction and ride quality characteristics with an attractive price. Over the test of time, I expect the Michelin to reclaim the top spot. Therefore, if you were looking for a recommendation when comparing these two tires, I would nudge you towards the Michelin LTX M/S2. 

If you want to stick with the top ranked tire in the category, read "The All-New Firestone Destination LE 2."

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Energy Saver A/S

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Energy Saver A/SReviewer's Overall Rating: 7

2009 Lexus RX350
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Miles driven on tires: 37,000
Location: Toronto, ON
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 37,000 Miles on Tires
February 14, 2013

Overall quite happy with these tires. They are smooth, comfortable and priced great for Michelin's. They seemed to wear great also, with lots of tread left. They help with mileage as claimed; I went from 9.8L/100km's to 9.3L's/100km's-- approx 1.5 MPG, so that was an added bonus.
On my vehicle they could be 5% quieter would be my only complaint. In the last 2000 miles or so they were becoming a bit louder, but not objectionable.
These tires are not great in the snow as noted-- I got caught in quite a bit before switching to my snows for the season. They are passable in a pinch, but everyone should be on dedicated snow tires if snow is on the ground regularly where you live anyway, right?
I would also not buy these if you want handling and responsive road feel, as that is not these tire’s mission. On my luxury SUV, they are a good fit for highway cruising but if you corner hard you will feel the soft sidewall flex and they don't have a very responsive steering feel. They are quite lightweight though so that helps keep them from being ponderous feeling. They drive fairly nimbly actually. They are 2lbs per tire lighter than the LX4's that were on my vehicle, which is quite a bit for unsprung weight. Even though these Energy Saver's are softish they never feel too soft, nor fully in control of my heavy SUV. If I owned a sports car, my opinion would not be as high though.
In the end I would happily buy these again as long as the price doesn't go up much from where it is and I guess that's the best endorsement a tire owner could give.

Max Performance Summer Tire Review: Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by Marshall Wisler

As much of the country is dreaming about warmer weather, taking off your winter / snow tires isn't too far away. Which means we will be able to get to feel the rush of driving our ultra high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans!

One of my favorite tires in the Max Performance Summer category is the Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position. This tire has been a long time front runner in the category and is currently in second place only to the Michelin Pilot Super Sport in our Tire Survey Results. In these rankings, the tire receives very high marks in the following areas:

  • Hydroplaning resistance
  • Wet traction
  • Dry traction
  • Ride comfort
  • Noise comfort

Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position does everything well at a moderate price point. Without spending a fortune, the S-04 Pole Position gives you brand name quality, great performance and a tire that has good road manners. This tire has fared very well in both dry and wet traction and continues to be a strong seller for those considering street-friendly performance tires. It's available in a host of sizes ranging between 16" and 20" and widths from 205mm up to 305mm. Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about their experience with this Bridgestone summer tire:

"I replaced the Original Equipment with these and was amazed at the result. Fantastic street tire with excellent grip, low noise and very good steering response. Very pleased with the purchase and I recommend them for performance ranges of aggressive down to mild." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

"By far the best tire I have ever had. I live in Seattle where it rains a lot and I don't hydroplane with these tires. I have a 2001 BMW 540 with rear-wheel drive and the car handles amazing. I never have a problem losing control or grip with this tire. I would definitely get another set when the time comes." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2001 BMW 540

"I doubt there is a better choice for the money. It completely changed the handling of my car for the better." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2009 Pontiac G8 GT

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Sumitomo HTR A/S P01 (W-Speed Rated)Reviewer's Overall Rating: 7.63

2007 Mazda MAZDA6 i 5-Door
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Miles driven on tires: 2,000
Location: Detroit, MI
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 2,000 Miles on Tires
January 11, 2011

I've had these about a month. Purchased them as a less expensive replacement for the OE Michelins at about 70,000, based on reviews and Tire Rack testing of them. They are the best choice for the money. Half the price of the OE tires. They are quieter and more responsive. Traction except for snow is very good and I expect to get good mileage from them. They do seem stiff in winter until warmed up like another reviewer has mentioned. A great value for the money.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXM4

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Michelin Primacy MXM4 Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.38
 
 

1956 Chevrolet Belair wagon
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Miles driven on tires: 1,000
Location: Woodland Hills, CA
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 1,000 Miles on Tires
January 07, 2013

Before I start I will say that I have a unique car, 1956 Chevrolet Belair 9-passenger wagon. I have put a great deal of time, attention and money into making this car a aweet daily-driver over the last 3 years, including extensive suspension and brake work/upgrades. When I got the car 3 years ago I put new 17 inch BF Goodrich G-Force Sports and American Racing Torque Thrust II's on all 4 wheels (17x8). Although there was still tread left, after a certain wear level these tires began to drive and handle very badly. The tire needed to go. I did A LOT of research and price comparisions and selected the Michelin Primacy MXM4. I have to say I can not believe the positive difference these tires made in my car...Extraordinary! WAY better handling, and much lower noise level both while going down the road and over bumps with these. Road impacts are almost eliminated and the car is very sure footed. While these are quite wide they do mot tramline or follow irregular road surfaces at all as my previous tires did. (These Michelins are the exact same size as my previous tires) I notice a huge difference the entire time I am driving the car, better and quiter driving, stopping, steering as well as better straight-line stability and cornering on my heavy car. I am SO glad I got these. If you enjoy researching and comparing keep doing it, but If you want to be done making the best decision and start really enjoying your car do yourself a favor. Stop researching and get these tires. (They also look great on my car) Thanks and have a great day.

 

Save on 225/45R17 and 205/45R17 Run-Flats for Your E90 BMW and MINI Cooper S

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

Regardless of how much they're liked or disliked, run-flat tires are here to stay. Are you a BMW or MINI driver who loves his or her car and has decided to stay with run-flats? Then you need to take advantage of the specials currently on the 225/45R17 size for your E90 BMW and 205/45R17 for your MINI Cooper S.

The 225/45R17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP is marked down from $200 to $129*. If you're already looking for a summer tire, consider the 205/45R17 Pirelli P Zero Run Flat which is now listed for $131*.

225/45R17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP
225/45R17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 ZP
205/45R17 Pirelli P Zero Run Flat
205/45R17 Pirelli P Zero Run Flat


Not only are you getting a great deal, you're also getting some awesome tires. The non-run-flat version of the Michelin Primacy MXM4 delivers a great combination of wet grip, steering response and low tread noise for its class. Pirelli P Zero Run Flat's crisp steering response and high grip level make it a good choice for a spirited Mini Cooper S driver. Derived from 100 years of motorsport experience, this Max Performance Summer tire offers a great combination of wet and dry traction with the convenience of temporary extended mobility in the event of complete air pressure loss.

It's also possible to change from run-flat tires to non-run-flat options. These conventional tires will fit your Original Equipment wheels with your driveline, suspension and traction working as normal. To find the best tire option for your BMW or MINI Cooper S, shop by vehicle.  

*Limited stock, prices subject to change

Great Deal on 235/60R18 Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Looking for a fantastic deal on a set of 235/60R18 tires? Look no further. We're currently offering the top-rated Michelin Primacy MXV4 for just $172 per tire! This low price makes the tire among the least expensive in the 235/60R18 size while giving you the chance to install a set of one of the best tires on the market on your vehicle. 

Ranked as the number one tire in the Grand Touring All-Season category, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 receives high marks for its ride comfort, noise comfort, treadwear and dry traction performance. 235/60R18 Primacy MXV4 tires are branded with Michelin's Green X symbol to show visual confirmation of the tire's positive contribution to vehicle fuel efficiency and the global environment. Lowering the tire's rolling resistance by optimizing its weight, internal structure, tread design and tread compound makes it possible for the vehicle to reduce fuel consumption and its emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

Many applications commonly use the 235/60R18 size and the following vehicles would be a great candidate for a set of Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires in this size: 

  • Acura MDX
  • Chrysler 300
  • Ford Flex
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
  • Kia Sorento
  • Mazda CX-7

The tire is so good I purchased a set for the family SUV, a 2009 Mazda CX-7. For my review of the tire read "Michelin Primacy MXV4 Tires Installed on My Crossover." Along with myself, many of our customers have had a great experience using this tire on their vehicle:

"Holy cow! What a difference a tire makes! These tires by far have the best grip of all three tires I've had. Amazing grip on turns in wet weather gives me utmost confidence as I drive. Every trip is enjoyable. It'll be Michelin from now on!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 Subaru Outback Wagon 2.5I

"We replaced a set of very noisy tires with the MXV4 and it is amazing! We now actually hear our engine in the car and not road noise. These tires are so quiet and the ride is very, very smooth! I think they are worth every penny!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Mercury Milan

'These Michelin tires have far exceeded my expectations. Our Lexus LS430 drives and performs excellent with no problems whatsoever. Over the past 60 years I have bought and drove on all sorts of brands of tires and this Michelin is the best by far. I would not buy anything else." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2002 Lexus LS430

For additional ordering information of the 235/60R18 Michelin Primacy MXV4 tire view here. Take advantage of this great deal before it's too late!

Tire Rack's Best Max Performance Summer Tires

Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Steve Huffman

Are you looking for the ultimate performance street tire? Do you need to get as much grip as you can to handle all the horsepower and torque your vehicle puts out? Are you the driver that'll take nothing but the best for your sports car? Here at Tire Rack we know what serious drivers demand out of their tires and know what they want - and that includes Max Performance Summer tires.

These technologically advanced low profile, high speed tires combine computer developed designs and unique materials with precision manufacturing techniques to provide an unsurpassed blend of dry and wet traction and handling. Currently, two tires stand out in the category and are ranked first and second in our Tire Survey Results.

The tire at the top of the list is the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. No tire offers as good a combination of wet and dry traction as this one. Initially introduced as Original Equipment on several of the world's most sophisticated performance vehicles, including the exclusive Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari's fastest road car ever, this tire delivers durability, handling and traction while increasing tread life. Pilot Super Sport tires are what you would expect from Michelin, and is designed to allow sports cars, sporty coupes, performance sedans and supercars to achieve their full potential in dry and wet conditions.

Bridgestone's Potenza S-04 Pole Position is ranked behind the Michelin Pilot Super Sport, but is a great alternative and is often available more often than the Michelin and is usually at a lower price point. The tire provides drivers of ultra high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans the rush of driving their vehicle. Designed to perform in warm, wet and dry conditions, Potenza S-04 Pole Position tires aren't intended to be driven in near freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice.

Michelin Pilot Super Sport
Michelin Pilot Super Sport
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Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position


We tested these two tires this summer and both performed very well. Read "Testing Max Performance Summer Tires" to see how each option can improve your driving!

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Optimo H727

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Optimo H727Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.25

2007 Toyota Camry LE
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Boone, NC
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
March 27, 2011

Bought these Hankooks after seeing the reviews. The high scores were right on. I've owned several cars and 8 types of tires in the 17 years I've lived here and these are by far the best. Michelin, Bridgestone, Yoko's...nothing compares. I live in the Blue Ridge mountains where there are no straight or level roads and after this winter I can tell you, I was amazed at the grip these tires gave me. If you ride on these, you won't need snow tires again. No apparent wear yet, quiet, smooth and handle well. I don't push this car hard, but these tires got up steep windy roads when my neighbor's $60,000 SUV failed. The only downside might be a loss of 1 mpg from the OEM Michelins. Seldom do you get such a quality product at such a great price.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Yokohama Parada Spec-X

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Yokohama Parada Spec-XReviewer's Overall Rating: 9.29

2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS
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Miles driven on tires: 5,000
Location: Everett, WA
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5,000 Miles on Tires
January 14, 2011

Purchased these tires to replace OEM Goodyear RSAs, which were badly flatspotted at 20k miles causing an annoying vibration at highway speeds. Repeated attempts at balancing and road force yielded no positive results. Plus I drive this vehicle year-round so I needed an all-season tire. My choice was between the Parada Spec-X and the Michelin Latitude Tour HP. I use Michelins on most of my vehicles and love them, but in this case (based on all of the positive feedback and the huge price difference) I opted to try the Yoko's. This was the first set of Yokohamas I've ever purchased and so far I could barely be more pleased.



Since I purchased these tires for my TBSS I've had them in just about every weather condition imaginable. Dry traction is very good - at least comparable to the Goodyear RSA's they replaced. Wet traction is excellent. We've had some of the worst rain and flooding here in the PNW that I've seen in years and these tires have handled it beautifully. An inch of standing water on the highway at 75mph is a non-issue. I've had them in light snow and earlier this week in about 4-5 inches of very wet, slushy snow. In both cases they've done well. Over the Thanksgiving holiday we got hit with 6-8 inches of snow and temps in the teens. These tires plus the AWD handled the deeper snow admirably. The resulting compact snow and ice was about the only area where these tires didn't excel. They did okay under these conditions, but didn't instill a high degree of confidence. I've since purchased a set of Blizzaks for future use in icy conditions.



Overall these are possibly the best all-around tires I've ever owned. I don't feel I've given up anything in performance to the RSAs that I replaced and these ride so much better and have all-season capability.



For those with a TBSS like me, I want to mention that going with the 275/45/20 on the stock wheels is not a problem. No bulging or other issues vs the stock 255/50/20's.

General AltiMAX Arctic: A Cost-Effective and Capable Winter / Snow Tire

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Having a lower price point than many winter / snow tires, some customers question the effectiveness of the General AltiMAX Arctic. This tire is perhaps not as soft as certain Studless Ice & Snow tires like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 or Michelin X-Ice Xi3, and it may give up a small amount of ice traction. However, this Studdable Winter / Snow tire has proven quite effective for multiple seasons and continues to get strong reviews by consumers.

As a studdable tire, the AltiMAX Arctic can be sold with studs to further increase traction in the most severe winter conditions. While studded tires are certainly not for everyone and have some negative features, such as reduced dry road handling and increased road noise, the ability to add studs is optional and available for those who desire. It's also important to check with local law enforcement officials to see if studded tires are allowed in your area. To learn more about how studded tires may or may not be right for you this winter, read "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."

As mentioned earlier, customers have been giving the General AltiMAX Arctic great reviews. Take a look at what some of them are saying about their experience with this tire:

"This tire is the best I've ever used in 45 years of driving in Vermont winters!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2013 Volkswagen Jetta S

"Awesome snow tire. Not only was it one of the cheaper tires in my size, but one of the best reviewed - and I can see why. My rear-wheel drive BMW got around our 6", one-day snow accumulation as good as any of the 4WD trucks I've had in the past. It is a beast of a tire in the snow, and still very quiet on the highway. If this tire can get a BMW through a North Dakota winter, I'd be confident using it anywhere!" -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2004 BMW 330CI Performance Package

"Fantastic winter tire at a great value price. Ride and noise are good to very good. Ride and cornering are amazing being better than the factory standard tire on this vehicle. Snow traction is good in all conditions and really snow plows through deeper conditions. Ice performance is very good. I have purchased this tire for two vehicles to date and recommend it to my friends as an affordable option for a great winter tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2012 Nissan Altima Sedan

To see if the General AltiMAX Arctic tire is right for your application this winter, shop by vehicle.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.


Michelin LTX M/S2Reviewer's Overall Rating: 9.4

2007 Toyota 4Runner 4wd SR5
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Buy/More Info
Miles driven on tires: 43,000
Location: Cleveland, OH
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 43,000 Miles on Tires
November 27, 2012

I replaced Michelin Cross Terrain tires with these tires on my 2007 Toyota 4Runner 4WD. Very similar in performance but even better tread wear. After 43,000 mostly highway miles, these tires look almost new - at least 60%+ tread remains. I am a very discerning consumer and these tires are the best that I've ever purchased. I plan to replace the OEM tires with these tires on my wife's Rav4 which have shown much wear after only 23,000 miles. I highly recommend these tires. They are worth the price!